Goats and Sheep

THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP is published in the UK and Commonwealth (including Canada), by The Borough Press (hardback January 28th 2016, paperback December 26th 2016 ).

Sunday Times double bestseller

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award

Winner of the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award 2016

WH Smith Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick Spring 2017




Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

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“It’s the small decisions, the ones that slip themselves into your day unnoticed, the ones that wrap their weight in insignificance. These are the decisions that will bury you.

It’s Monday, the blistering summer of 1976 continues, and Mrs Creasy from Number 8 has gone missing.

The neighbours seem keen to blame her disappearance on the heat, but 10-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly aren’t convinced. Inspired by the local vicar, the girls decide to investigate, believing that if they can find God – who keeps everyone safe – they might also find Mrs Creasy and bring her home.

So while the temperature rockets and the tarmac melts, Grace and Tilly go door-to-door in search of clues. But instead of finding their missing neighbour, the girls uncover a series of small mysteries behind the avenue’s closed doors. As they try to make sense of what they’ve seen and heard, a wider history of deception and long-buried secrets begins to emerge.
What the girls don’t know is that nine years ago a baby also went missing from the avenue; nor do they realise that the lies used to conceal the truth of that fateful day are the same ones Mrs Creasy was beginning to peel back – just before she disappeared.”


If you’d like to find out how Goats and Sheep came to be written, there’s a post about it here


Available to buy at Waterstones and your local, independent bookshop

If you’d like to listen to an audio sample, you can do that here




‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE

‘A very special book that makes us think about ourselves and others more deeply … a terrific pageturner’ NATHAN FILER

‘An utter delight. Perceptive, funny, dark, moving. And so beautifully written. I loved it’ SARAH WINMAN

‘A quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of suburban life in 1970s Britain, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a delight from start to finish’ PAULA HAWKINS

‘A haunting, perceptive novel about the price of belonging. It’s a treasure chest of a novel and I loved it very much’ JULIE COHEN

‘A captivating new voice in British fiction. Not since Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall has a debut novel held the promise of such an exciting career ahead. One of the standout novels of the year’ HANNAH BECKERMAN

‘Cannon’s interrogation of hypocrisy and prejudice is insightful and compassionate… I didn’t want the book to end’ CARYS BRAY

‘An excellent debut. This cautionary tale of a suburban power struggle is charming and truthful, at once ambitious and intimate, with playful prose that reveals an intriguing mind at work’ JAMES HANNAH



THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP will also be published in

US (Scribner), Germany (Blanvalet), Israel (Sendik), Italy (Corbaccio), Poland (Amber), Russia (AST), Spain (Grijalbo), Sweden, Denmark, Turkey and Brazil (under offer)


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